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Racy restaurants tempt diners by de-emphasizing eye candy

February 7, 2013

ORLANDO, Fla. Sandwiches with a side dish of sex appeal were on the menu when Peter Buell and Rick Paulk stopped for lunch recently at a Tilted Kilt restaurant here.

“I like the waitresses and the uniforms, obviously,” said Buell, 50, as a young woman served him wearing a short plaid skirt and matching push-up bra under a midriff-baring white shirt.

The Tilted Kilt is part of a dining sector known in the industry as “breastaurants.”

The edgy eateries with scantily clad servers are rapidly expanding throughout the United States.

The allure is simple: “Being able to freely gawk and leer at young women in scanty clothing,” said Chris Muller, a hospitality professor at Boston University. “That’s no longer socially acceptable, so we institutionalize it and give it a venue.”

At the Tilted Kilt in Orlando, manager Edward Schoenleber said women make up about 15 percent of customers now. He said he even has a children’s menu.